Used Fiat 500 2008-present review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

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Used Fiat 500 2008-present review
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What's the used Fiat 500 hatchback like?

The modern Fiat 500 reinvented one of the most iconic cars of the late 1950s and 1960s, in much the same way that BMW did way back when with the Mini. Since then, cute styling, a vibrant personality and lots of kerb appeal have made it a surefire hit on both the new and the used car market.

It's been around since 2008 and over the years the range has grown to include a convertible 500C version, and two larger and more family-friendly versions called the 500X and the 500L. You can even buy hot-rod versions made by the tuning arm Abarth, adding a fair dollop of speed into the equation.

As mentioned, the 2020 facelift brought in a 1.0-litre mild-hybrid engine. You can’t plug it in, and it can’t travel on electric power alone. Instead, the naturally aspirated 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has a tiny electric motor and a minuscule lithium-ion battery to help share the effort. There was also a 68bhp 1.2 petrol engine that's available exclusively with an automatic gearbox.

Then there's the all-electric version, with either a 24kWh battery and a 94bhp electric motor with an official range of 115 miles, or the larger 42kWh battery model with an official range of up to 188 miles. The convertible Fiat 500 is only available with the larger 42kWh battery. 

Basically, there are three trim levels to choose from: Pop, Popstar and Lounge. In later models, Sport replaced Popstar. The entry-level Pop models come with LED day-running-lights, Fiat's Uconnect infotainment system with USB connectivity, and height-adjustable steering wheel, while upgrading to the limelight and the Pop Star trim will see the additions of air conditioning and rear splitting seats. The range-topping Lounge models come with luxuries such as a fixed panel glass roof, rear parking sensors, fog lights, a DAB radio and Bluetooth all included as standard.

Later, all-electric and hybrid models gained a huge variety of special trims including Action, Connect, Dolce vita, Dolce Vita Plus, Hey Google, Icon, La Prima, Launch, Passion and Red. 

The retro interior is almost as good to look at as the exterior, with plenty of neat design touches. Material quality won't challenge that of the Mini, but it's far from the worst in this regard, and there are enough chrome finishes to lift the overall ambience. 

The modern 500 is bigger than the original, but it's still very compact by today's standards. There's good passenger space in the front, but the back is cramped for adults. The boot isn't great, either; it's bigger than that of the Mini but nowhere near as good as the Volkswagen Up's. That car is also more practical in other ways, too, because it's also produced in five-door form.

If you're interested in finding a used 500, or any of the other city cars mentioned here, head over to the Used Car Buying pages to find lots of cars listed for sale at a great price.

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